Cavani: England are 'machines'

The striker has the utmost respect for the Three Lions but says La Celeste will not fear their Group D rivals as they have the likes of Luis Suarez playing in the Premier League

Edinson Cavani has hailed England as "machines" but the forward insists that Uruguay are looking forward to facing Roy Hodgson's men at the World Cup.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker, who has been linked with a summer switch to the Premier League, says he has nothing but respect for the Three Lions and their footballing culture.

"They are machines," Cavani told Perform. "I think that the English, Italian and German football teams have some kind of mentality and that's why I call them machines.

"Because they have good tactics, the mentality that they have, they're cool under pressure and that's why [England] have (had) one of the strongest leagues in the world for decades.

"For us [to play against them] will be something great for what England represents around the world for the kind of players they have."

However, Cavani takes great encouragment from the fact that Uruguay, who must also face Italy and Costa Rica in Brazil, will be able to call on the likes of Liverpool's prolific striker Luis Suarez for their showdown with the Three Lions in Sao Paulo on June 19.

"We have some players that are playing at that level that are playing in England and they have the same characteristics [as the English] because to play there you have to have the same style," the former Napoli attacker reasoned. "If not, they will overcome you.

"We have players that know that level of football, that have played and play at the top level and have had experience in England.

"Nowadays, our national team has a good experience with people that play at the European and world-class level and our team doesn't feel less than any other.

"Our national team goes onto the field looking to win not as sometimes [in the past], when maybe we were waiting for our rivals to make a mistake.

"That's why Uruguay are recognised around the world, because with our small population we have provided so many good players to create a competitive national team that at the moment to play against England, Italy or any other national team goes out to win."

Indeed, Cavani says he and his Uruguay team-mates are driven by the prospect of becoming World Cup legends.

"There is nothing nicer than playing in a World Cup against France, England or Spain," he explained. "There is nothing nicer than instead of playing a friendly you can play a game where if you win you can make history.

"For me those are emotions that I will keep my entire life so I will think about it in the right moment.

"Meanwhile, I have to think what I am doing in Paris and eventually we will think about Costa Rica and in the games against England and Italy where we hope we can make history, leaving us nice World Cup memories."